“Claiming My Gender”

Part summer camp for kids, part support and learning weekend for parents, part peer support and education for teens, the Gender Spectrum Conference is the oldest and largest conference in the U.S. exclusively  for families with Transgender, Non-binary and Gender-expansive children and youth. The Conference weekend is preceded by a day-long Professionals’ Symposium where youth-serving professionals come together to discuss the most up-to-date information and best practices for serving gender-expansive children and youth.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Gender Spectrum Conference and Professionals’ Symposium!

Register Now – Early Bird Rates End April 30th

Register for the Conference here.

Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8

We want everyone who is interested in attending to be able to do so. We have sliding scale tickets available, and we are hosting an online forum where you may be able to find a host family for housing. See the registration page for details.

Register for the Professionals’ Symposium here.

Friday, July 6

We have discounts for groups and nonprofits. See the registration page for details.

Online registration closes June 30.

Information on programming and logistics is on the registration pages and can also be found below.

For the Gender Spectrum Conference Programming and Logistics click here.

For the Professionals’ Symposium Fees and Logistics click here.

For 2018, the theme of both events is “Claiming My Gender.” At its core, this theme speaks to the way individuals make sense of their personal gender and other aspects of who they are. Workshops will recognize that many aspects of identity–including race, religion, socioeconomic status, language and other factors–influence everyone’s  experience of gender, and that beyond naming these intersections, people are claiming their gender with a wide diversity of strategies to navigate and find congruence in these aspects of their lives.

The Gender Spectrum Conference will provide attendees the opportunity to explore how gender fits into their lives and the lives of children and teens. Workshops will incorporate discussions, writing, research, the arts, and more. Parents and family members will deepen their knowledge and understanding of gender and related issues and learn how they can best support the children and youth in their lives  in their gender journeys.

For more on the Professionals’ Symposium, click here.

Gender Spectrum Conference
Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8

The 2018 Gender Spectrum Conference and Youth Programs will take place on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA.

Here is what parents and teens say about the Gender Spectrum Conference.

Our weekend program for parents, teens, children and the caring adults in their lives is an unforgettable experience for all. The 2018 program will include an exciting slate of workshops, programs for children and youth from infants to high-schoolers, and opportunities to connect with new friends.

2017’s Conference program featured a variety of topics, for a complete look at last year’s program, click here for the 2017 Conference schedule.

We will have many new offerings in 2018. Check this page often for updates on programs, scheduling, logistics and more.

Gender Spectrum Professionals’ Symposium
Friday, July 6

The Professionals’ Symposium will take place on Friday July 6 at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA.

Here is what professionals say about the Symposium.

The Professionals’ Symposium is designed for professionals who serve transgender, non-binary, and otherwise gender-expansive youth and/or their families. Participants engage in programming and acquire resources designed to build their capacity to support families and young people around issues of gender.

Workshops are organized around a variety of disciplines – education, medicine, the law, mental health/counseling, social services, and child welfare. In addition, a number of workshops focus on a range of interdisciplinary topics including how the intersection of gender and race, religion, class, and other aspects of identity impact a young person’s gender experience.

We will offer workshops for those just beginning in the field of gender-affirmative care as well as a number of in-depth sessions and advanced topics for even the most experienced professionals. Workshops will be specifically labelled as “entry level” or “advanced,” in order to better support participants wherever they are along their own learning curve. There are also opportunities to meet with colleagues and develop new relationships to help strengthen your work with youth and their families.

Some of our popular workshop sessions from past years included The Biology of Gender: Emerging Understandings, Creating Gender Inclusive Schools, and Supporting the Sphere: Exploring Medical and Mental Health Options for Non-Binary Individuals, and others. For a complete look at least year’s program, click here for the 2017 Symposium schedule

We hope you will join us for this full day of learning dedicated to helping the young people we support to effectively navigate their world. Keep checking this page for updates.

Gender Spectrum Conference Programming and Logistics

Conference Information and FAQs

Programming
Youth Programming
Registration Fees and Sliding-Scale Tickets
Site Information, Housing and Meals
Support Centers and Documents Clinic
Accessibility
Directions and Public Transportation
For More Information

Programming

The Gender Spectrum Conference is an opportunity for youth and families to spend a weekend gaining the resources, information, and community needed to help young people effectively navigate their world. Workshops for caregivers, parents, and other family members will focus on expanding your knowledge base on key subjects and providing access to some of the leading experts in a variety of fields. The conference promises to be an unforgettable event for everyone who attends. The peaceful surroundings, amazing staff, and incredibly supportive community will make it a weekend that will stay with you long after your trip home.

This year’s program offers exciting new content for both new and returning attendees. We have received feedback from returning families that ongoing conference attendance helps to fortify their experience and provide additional opportunities to learn, address the changing needs of their child, receive support and share their experience with families attending for the first time. Because we know many families return to the conference, we are adding new programming to address your particular needs.

Youth Programming

Youth programming is designed to meet the needs and interests of children and teens at different stages of their lives. Kids are placed in the program associated with the most recent grade level they completed (they do not have to be enrolled in school to attend Youth Programming).

High School – Youth who will have completed Grades 9-12 by July 2018*

The High School program is unique, dynamic, and an incredibly safe space for all teens. We strongly believe in creating content and activities that are inclusive for our young people with a broad range of gender identities and expressions. Teens will have the opportunity to meet others in small groups, larger all-group activities, as well as attend sessions focused on topics that are important to their lives.

The program for high school aged youth will explore how gender intersects with other dimensions of identity. This means we will look at issues related to identity like: race, ethnicity, faith and class. We will also look at issues related to the lives of young people like: family and other personal relationships, body image, life at school, intimacy, sexuality, and privacy and disclosure. We value the importance of allowing opportunities for conversations in smaller groups, as well as opportunities to talk with professionals. Those seeking personalized information are encouraged to do so at any point. Most importantly, we want to build an amazing, supportive, safe, and fun weekend for everyone. If you have any questions about the program for high school students, please contact Jenna at [email protected]

Middle School – Youth who will have completed grades 6-8 by July 2018*

Middle school aged youth will find an exciting mix of fun outdoor and indoor activities, along with interesting sessions for youth to learn more about themselves and their friends. This year’s middle school program will balance opportunities to delve deeply into gender while creating plenty of space for those less inclined to explore the topic and who simply want to have fun with peers. Middle schoolers will have the opportunity to participate in a few activities with the high school program. The weekend will be an opportunity for youth to build connections with their peers, explore gender, and have fun in a safe and supportive setting!

Workshops tailored to siblings and allies will also be offered! If you have any questions about the Middle School Program, please contact Jenna at [email protected]

Youth who will have completed grades 3-5 by July 2018*

Designed to meet the specific needs of upper elementary school students, our 3rd-5th gathering will feature fun and interactive activities designed to engage and wear out even the most energetic of kids! If you have any questions about the 3rd-5th Program, please contact Laura at [email protected]

Youth who will have completed grades K-2 by July 2018*

Our K-2nd Program will be designed with a single goal in mind: FUN! A whirlwind of art, dance, crafts, and imagination will allow this rambunctious group to have an experience where they can play, play, play. Led by sensitive staff supporting every child to participate in the weekend’s activities, there will be more than one adult who wishes they were at kid’s camp! If you have any questions about the K-2nd Program, please contact Nathanael at [email protected]

*If you would like your child to move to the group above or below their grade level, you must contact [email protected] well in advance of the conference to discuss this change with the program leads. We will not switch youth to different programs on site.

Childcare for infants to pre-K

Gender Spectrum provides childcare for all little ones who are not yet in kindergarten. As with the rest of our programming for kids, these youngsters will be surrounded by loving staff who will keep even the most restless little ones busy and engaged. You need to register your child in advance so we can adequately prepare for our youngest conference attendees. If you have any questions about the Childcare/Pre-K Program, please contact [email protected]

Registration Fees

There are several ticket choices for attending the conference, as we are trying to accommodate as many situations as possible and keep costs down for attendees. The popular “Family” ticket allows you to bring up to eight people, including kids, teens, and adults. It includes lunch for up to four people for Saturday and Sunday; if your Family ticket is for more than four people, you must purchase additional lunch tickets. There is a separate materials fee for each child attending any of our Youth Programming.

If you are an individual or small family/group, such as one adult and one or more children/teens, purchasing an Individual Adult ticket plus one or more Youth tickets may be more economical.

We welcome everyone and have sliding scale ticket options to help with conference program costs if needed. Please see Sliding Scale Tickets below for more information.

If you have any questions about which type of registration is best for you, please email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to answer your questions!

Payment Methods

There are two payment options: PayPal or a credit card.

If you do not use credit cards, you can pay for your registration by check or money order. Please email us first so we can determine your costs. Checks can be made out to “Gender Spectrum” and sent to:

Gender Spectrum 2018 Conference Registration
1271 Washington Avenue #834
San Leandro, CA 94577

Ticket Prices

      • Online registration closes June 30th.
      • Family ticket*: the Early Bird registration price is $435 (for those registered by April 30th); Regular registration is $545 (for those registering from May 1st – June 30th); and Onsite registration is $570.
        • Materials fee: $25 per child/teen
        • Extra Lunch ticket: $21.50 per person (covers both Saturday and Sunday)
      • Individual Adult ticket: the Early Bird registration price is $220 (for those registered by April 30th); Regular registration is $275 (for those registering from May 1st – June 30th); and Onsite registration is $300.
      • Youth ticket: $85 (for children ages 5 and up, not already on a Family ticket); this ticket includes the Materials fee. For children 4 and under, there is no registration fee but we do ask for the $25 Materials fee to help cover childcare costs. Youth under 16 are not permitted to attend on their own.
      • One Day Pass: $210

* Family tickets include up to eight people of any age and can include family members, family friends or other adults who want to support a child or teen in their life. Lunch for up to four people is included in the Family ticket. If you have more than four people on your Family ticket, please purchase additional lunch tickets.

Sliding Scale Tickets

We offer sliding scale tickets to make the conference available to all who are interested in attending. We ask that attendees pay a minimum of $21.50 per person for their sliding scale tickets. If this is not affordable, please contact [email protected]

Refunds on Tickets

Gender Spectrum will offer a full refund on registration tickets, minus a $25 processing fee, for cancellation until May 11, 2018. From May 12 to June 2nd, we will offer a 50% refund. Beginning June 3rd, we are unable to provide any refunds.

Site Information, Housing, and Meals

We are excited to be hosting the conference again this year at Saint Mary’s College of California. It is a beautiful campus in Moraga, CA.

Lunches for Saturday and Sunday are included in the price of registration. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Only family tickets with more than four people will need to purchase additional lunch tickets. If you are staying on campus, breakfast and dinner are included in the on-campus housing/meal packages.

No animals are allowed on the Saint Mary’s College of California campus with the exception of service dogs. No smoking is allowed in any campus buildings, only in outdoor areas.

We are excited to offer the Upper and Lower Townhouses for campus housing this year. Staying on campus will provide a unique experience for attendees, allowing for extra time to connect with other attendees, as well as the opportunity for students to get a feel for what it’s like to be on a college campus. Dinner the night of your stay and breakfast the morning after are included in the on-campus housing/meal package during regular cafeteria hours.

Each Townhouse is comprised of double or triple bedrooms with two or three single beds in each room, one bathroom, a common living space, and a common kitchen. If you purchase a single, you will have a room to yourself in a suite where you will share a bathroom and common spaces. Families may be asked to share a townhouse with another family. There is limited availability for on campus housing/meal packages, so reserve early if you would like to stay on campus! Youth under 18 are not permitted to stay in campus housing without an adult.

Pricing for Housing/Meal Tickets

Housing tickets are purchased on a per person basis (i.e. per bed) and come with a meal package. Youth under 18 have a special discounted rate. The college provides an optional linen service for an additional cost. Linen service includes a blanket, pillow, bed sheets and bath towel. If you purchase a ticket without linen service, then please bring your own bedding (including your own pillow), and towels.

Housing/meal tickets include dinner the evening you check in and breakfast the next morning during normal cafeteria hours. Lunches are already included with registration tickets.

Children age 4 and under may share a bed and eat at no cost. If you have a child age 4 or younger who wants their own bed, please do not purchase a housing ticket for them, but rather contact us at [email protected] for discounted pricing.

      • 1 Adult WITH linens (single): $97 per night
      • 1 Adult WITHOUT linens (single): $83 per night
      • 1 Adult WITH linens (double): $87 per night
      • 1 Adult WITHOUT linens (double): $73 per night
      • 1 Youth (age 5-17) WITH linens: $68 per night
      • 1 Youth (age 5-17) WITHOUT linens: $55 per night

Attendees can check into their rooms starting at 3:00 pm on the afternoon of their arrival, and must check out of their rooms no later than 6:30 pm on Sunday, July 8th. A $25 per person late fee will be charged for late departures. The college will charge $75 for any keys not turned in at check out and $150 if locks need to be replaced for safety reasons.

Please contact us at [email protected] for any questions about accommodations or meals.

If you are interested in finding a host family for the conference weekend, there is a group called “Housing for 2018 Gender Spectrum Conference” on the Lounge, our online community, where you can list your housing needs and search for families offering a place to stay. You would make arrangements directly with potential host families and vet them to see if they are a good fit for you and your family. Gender Spectrum is not organizing these housing matches and is not responsible for them.

Support Centers and Document Clinic

We will once again feature our invaluable Support Centers designed to assist attendees with medical, mental health, legal, and spiritual needs. These centers allow any attendee to meet with experts across these fields for one-on-one support. The centers will be available by appointment and drop-in basis (if space is available).

The Document Clinic is an opportunity to meet with legal staff to discuss specific questions, fill out paperwork, or otherwise explore the process for aligning your child’s Gender identity with various identity documents (identity cards, driver’s licenses, passports, birth certificates).

Accessibility

Language Interpretation Assistance

Requests for ASL, Spanish or other language interpretation during the event should be made by June 3rd to [email protected]. We will attempt to meet requests made after that date if possible.

Wheelchair Access

St. Mary’s is a wheelchair accessible campus and all workshop rooms will have a reserved space for wheelchair use.

Fragrances

Please join us in ensuring accessibility for all members of our Gender Spectrum community by not wearing fragrances or scents. Some previous attendees and volunteers have had scent sensitivities that have impacted their experience at the conference and we want to allow all who desire the ability to attend.

Directions and Public Transportation

Saint Mary’s College of California is accessible by freeway, public transit and train, and is convenient to two major metropolitan airports.

Address

Saint Mary’s College of California
1928 Saint Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94556
(925) 631-4000

From San Francisco Bay Bridge or San Rafael/Richmond Bridge

Take Highway 580 toward Hayward and then Highway 24 toward Walnut Creek. Once through the Caldecott Tunnel, take the second exit, which will be marked Orinda/Moraga. Turn right and follow Moraga Way about five miles. Turn left onto Moraga Road, then right onto Saint Mary’s Road. The College is about one mile farther on the right.

From Walnut Creek/Highway 680

Take Highway 24 west (Oakland direction) to the Central Lafayette exit and bear to the right, circling under the highway. At the second stoplight take a right onto Mt. Diablo Boulevard. At the next stoplight take a left onto Moraga Road. You will want to be in the left hand lane. Make a left onto Saint Mary’s Road. Follow this road for about four miles; the College will be on the left.

Public Transportation

There are two BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) subway stops – Orinda and Lafayette – that connect to the bus lines of the County Connection (a regional public transportation company) which service the area where SMC is located. Take the Route 6 Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda bus from either Orinda or Lafayette; the bus makes regularly scheduled stops right in front of Saint Mary’s. Caltrain runs between downtown San Francisco and San Jose, including passage through several Peninsula cities and service to Millbrae, which has a BART connection to both San Francisco International Airport and Saint Mary’s College.

Air Travel

If you plan to fly into the San Francisco Bay Area, we suggest flying into the Oakland International Airport, which is located approximately 40 minutes from the Moraga campus.

Several private shuttle services are available from both San Francisco and Oakland International Airports. Please be sure to book your ground transportation prior to arriving at the airport. Listed below are several companies that provide this direct service. Prices may vary and round-trip arrangements may be more economical than 2 one-way passages.

Bayporter Express: (510) 864-4000
East Bay Connection: (925) 609-1920 or (800) 675-3278
Leisure Living Transportation: (925) 943-1512

For More Information

Please visit us at www.genderspectrum.org for more information and updates about this year’s event. You can also find resources and learn about our many other services and activities. We can be reached at [email protected] with any questions.

 

Professionals’ Symposium Fees and Logistics

Registration and Tickets
Continuing Education Credits
Site Information, Directions and Public Transportation

Symposium Registration Fees

Tickets

You will see three ticket options when you register for this event. Lunch is included with all tickets. Online registration closes June 30th.

  • Professionals’ Symposium ticket if you are ONLY attending the Professionals’ Symposium on Friday, July 6th: the Early Bird registration price is $275 (for those registered by April 30th; Regular registration is $350 (for those registering from May 1st – June 30th); and Onsite registration is $375.
  • Professionals’ Symposium ticket if you are attending the Professionals’ Symposium AND the Gender Spectrum Conference. This is a ticket for BOTH the Professionals’ Symposium and the 2018 Gender Spectrum Conference. Early bird registration price is $415 (for those registered by April 30th); Regular registration pricing is $540 (for those registering from May 1st – June 30th); and Onsite registration is $590. If you need a Family ticket for the conference instead of an Individual Adult ticket, or if you need housing tickets, please purchase them on the Conference registration site
  • Student ticket: $110.

Nonprofit discounts are available. Discounts for groups are available–get 5 tickets for the price of 4; please email us at [email protected] to inquire.

Payment Methods

You can use either PayPal or a credit card to pay your event fees.

If you prefer not to use credit cards, you can pay for your registration by check or money order. Please email us first so we can determine your costs. Checks can be made out to “Gender Spectrum” and sent to:

Gender Spectrum Professionals’ Symposium Registration
1271 Washington Avenue #834
San Leandro, CA 94577

Refunds on Symposium Tickets

Gender Spectrum will offer a full refund on registration tickets, minus a $25 processing fee, for cancellations until May 11th, 2018. From May 12th to June 2nd, we will offer a 50% refund. Beginning June 3rd, we are unable to provide any refunds.

Continuing Education Credit

  • Gender Spectrum is currently under review for approval by the California Psychological Association; please check back after April 20.
  • Continuing education credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians is currently under review.

Site Information

We are excited to be hosting the Professionals’ Symposium this year at Saint Mary’s College of California. It is a beautiful campus in Moraga, CA.

No animals are allowed on the Saint Mary’s College of California campus with the exception of service dogs. No smoking is allowed in any campus buildings, only in outdoor areas.

Lunch

Symposium tickets include lunch. Saint Mary’s College of California has a wonderful cafeteria with a selection of choices for lunch that should please all attendees. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available (please indicate need for vegan or gluten-free options in registration).

Please note: there will not be enough time during lunch to leave the campus and return in time for afternoon programming.

Directions and Public Transportation

Saint Mary’s College of California is accessible by freeway, public transit and train, and is convenient to two major metropolitan airports.

Address

Saint Mary’s College of California
1928 Saint Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94556
(925) 631-4000

From San Francisco Bay Bridge or San Rafael/Richmond Bridge

Take Highway 580 toward Hayward and then Highway 24 toward Walnut Creek. Once through the Caldecott Tunnel, take the second exit, which will be marked Orinda/Moraga. Turn right and follow Moraga Way about five miles. Turn left onto Moraga Road, then right onto Saint Mary’s Road. The College is about one mile farther on the right.

From Walnut Creek/Highway 680

Take Highway 24 west (Oakland direction) to the Central Lafayette exit and bear to the right, circling under the highway. At the second stoplight take a right onto Mt. Diablo Boulevard. At the next stoplight take a left onto Moraga Road. You will want to be in the left hand lane. Make a left onto Saint Mary’s Road. Follow this road for about four miles; the College will be on the left.

Public Transportation

There are two BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) subway stops – Orinda and Lafayette – that connect to the bus lines of the County Connection (a regional public transportation company), which service the area where SMC is located. Take the Route 6 Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda bus from either Orinda or Lafayette; the bus makes regularly scheduled stops right in front of Saint Mary’s. Caltrain runs between downtown San Francisco and San Jose, including passage through several Peninsula cities and service to Millbrae, which has a BART connection to both San Francisco International Airport and Saint Mary’s College.

Air Travel

If you plan to fly into the San Francisco Bay Area, we suggest flying into the Oakland International Airport, which is located approximately 40 minutes from the Moraga campus.

Several private shuttle services are available from both San Francisco and Oakland International Airports. Please be sure to book your ground transportation prior to arriving at the airport. Listed below are several companies that provide this direct service. Prices may vary and round-trip arrangements may be more economical than 2 one-way passages.

Bayporter Express: (510) 864-4000
East Bay Connection: (925) 609-1920 or (800) 675-3278
Leisure Living Transportation: (925) 943-1512

For More Information

Please visit us at www.genderspectrum.org for more information and updates about this year’s event. You can also find resources and learn about our many other services and activities. We can be reached at [email protected] with any questions.